Creme Fraiche Starter Culture


Making truly rich and mild creme fraiche at home is as easy as heating up cream or half-and-half. This direct-set culture is one of our easiest and cultures on your countertop.

Each bag contains:

  • 4 packets of starter culture.

Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here.

Shipping and Storage Information

  • Our Crème Fraîche Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet. 
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Use by date on bag.

Creme Fraiche Starter Culture Ingredients:

  • Lactic bacteria (lactococcus lactis supsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris)
  • Organic Vegetable Rennet

Creme Fraiche Starter Culture Allergen Information:

  • This product is manufactured in a facility that also processes products made with soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

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Based on 15 reviews
creme fraiche is the best!

I've ordered this several times from CFH. Until recently, I had no problems culturing. With my most recent order, however, two of the four packets did not culture properly. The packets had small holes in them (where the mylar had separated), so I'm really happy to see that CFH has added an additional layer of freshness protection to their packaging. Looking forward to comparing this direct set culture with an heirloom creme friache culture I just acquired!
I did not realize this culture had rennet in it, and I ended up accidentally making soft mozzarella one day when I was trying to make ricotta with yogurt whey. Matsoni and vili whey plus fresh milk plus two tablespoons of CFH creme fraiche plus low heat = burrata!

Wow, sounds like you took your creme fraiche to the next level! We're so glad you're enjoying it! If you ever have issues with unsealed packages or anything else, please let us know - it's our goal to give the best customer support experience possible!
I made delicious mistake

I bought to make creme Fraiche, bought a half gallon of raw milk from Old Ford Farm, one of the few places to legally purchase it in NY.

The weather was unseasonably cold so I used a seedling mat, I panicked when I saw, packaged up, brought to show the owner of the farm, Becky.

She told me not to panic, told me that I made cheese, so I had to season it. I was going to leave it for her to see if salvageable, and she said that I had raw fermented dairy, to keep it.

It took about 3 weeks to have seasoning perfect but after 3 months is still good.

May not have done what I expected since I over heated a bit but was a great surprise.

I also pickled onions with the same starter and am going to keep trying new things.

I haven't tried creame Fraiche again yet, but I will.

Awesome product

Sadly, it doesn't work for me

i have tried 3 times to make this product work and sadly i've had barely an improvement in the consistency of the milk.

the last batch was done over the weekend with fresh raw milk in the hopes that supermarket milk was the problem.

i mixed equal parts of cream and whole milk and i would have had better results if i had just whipped it by hand until peaks formed.

the only upside is that i'm only out $7 and the cost of milk. i won't bother making the 4th packet.

Response from CFH: We are sorry for your experience. We thank you for troubleshooting with us via email, and hope future attempts have worked out to be yummy!

Excellent creme fraiche

I have made creme fraiche with a few other cultures and this is by far the best. It thickens relatively quickly and is the least "sour" tasting - it tastes almost buttery. Its better than what I can get already made in the store. I put it in the oven with the light bulb on to thicken it and that works great.

Success The Second Time Around

I purchased CF culture a while back and wondered why the big deal was. I was not impressed with my results. CFH reached out to me and gave me advice. So glad! I followed their instructions to the T and was pleased with my creme fraiche. My whole family loved it. The trick is keeping the temp around 72. I used my electrical heating pad. Worked! Thank you, CFH!